Detroit readies for Aretha Franklin tribute concert

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Herman Phillips, another fan who spent time at the viewing Wednesday, shared his own personal connection to Franklin. The shoes, in particular, show "The Queen of Soul is diva to the end", Green said.

"Last week, we lost an irreplaceable force".

"Certainly in her condition, in hospice, we saw the handwriting on the wall". Franklin urged us to, 'Let's make the choice: We stand as one because divided we fail.' Her plea is as timeless today as it was more than a decade ago.

The retired counsellor, who grew up in the same neighbourhood as Franklin and crossed paths with her in the pre-fame years, said she always appreciated that the singer remained rooted.

Franklin's funeral, which will be streamed online and on television, will take place on Friday at Greater Grace Temple. "I felt very emotional going in, very emotional", she said.

Swift first spoke about what Franklin meant to music and the world, saying, "She did so much for music, she did so much for women's rights, she did so much for civil rights".

Linda Swanson, the funeral home's executive vice president, told the Detroit Free Press that the Queen of Soul will don multiple outfits leading up to her burial in Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery.

"She was just so down to earth". During an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 2014, when asked about various modern pop stars, Franklin simply commented on Swift's "great gowns, handsome gowns" rather than reflect on her musical talents.

Ann Fortson, 63, said: "She was a symbol for us".

Aretha Franklin laid in repose in a different outfit for the final public open-casket viewing before her funeral.

"I feel that I'm a privileged one because I sang in a choir with Aretha when I joined her father's church, in a young adult choir", Phillips said.

The Queen of Soul's public viewing continued Wednesday, with fans queuing festively outside, then walking solemnly and single file into the museum.

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